It has now been 252 days since Justice Ming Chin announced he would retire at the end of August and Governor Gavin Newsom has yet to make an appointment to fill the vacancy, so the Supreme Court has announced the Court of Appeal justices who will sit as pro tems for the October calendar. Yes, the Governor probably could have named Justice Chin’s replacement before Chin left the court and yes, a vacancy hampers the court. (See here.)
The October pro tems — assigned on a mostly alphabetical basis — are:
In re Gadlin: Fifth District Presiding Justice Brad Hill.
People v. Gentile: Second District, Division Eight, Justice Elizabeth Grimes.
Sass v. Cohen: Fourth District, Division One, Justice Patricia Guerrero.
People v. Moses: Third District Justice Andrea Hoch.